Well, at least funeral homes and casket makers will prosper.
“at least funeral homes and casket makers will prosper.”
Once they finish confiscating our wealth, we’re all going to die paupers and won’t have one of those fancy funerals.
First we’ll face the death panel, then they’ll throw us into a pine box in the back of the same panel truck that transports our grave diggers and their shovels.
Are caskets also called ‘medical devices’??? Another source of tax.
“Well, at least funeral homes and casket makers will prosper.”
With the high costs of funeral services and the average American’s income down more and more people are opting for simple cremation.
A GRAVE INTEREST
Death is a $12 to $15-billion industry in the United States. As we continue to die, rates continue to climb. Expenses for a funeral service can vary dramatically, depending on what type of funeral you decide on and where you are located. According to the 2010 Funeral Price Survey by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) http://www.nfda.org/, Americans spent, on average, $7,775.00 for an adult funeral in 2009, based on the elements of a regular, traditional funeral.
This does not include the cemetery costs which include the gravesite, vault, opening and closing of the grave, or the grave marker. These charges can run another $2,000 to $3,000 for interment in regular cemeteries. (Remember, the larger, more popular or exclusive a cemetery is, the higher the cost to get admitted.) And the price of a grave marker or monument depends on what you choose.
Cheap Cremation ..How Cost and Convenience is Changing our Funeral Plans
An expenditure that most of us do not give any thought to until faced with the role of making arrangements for a lost loved one. However, it is usually the third largest one-time purchase, following a home and vehicle.
The average cost of an adult funeral in 2009 was $6,560, up 17.5% from 2004, but this bill can exceed $10,000 when burial plots, vaults, limousines and obituaries are all added to the bottom line. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the price tag for a simple cremation costs an average of $1,650, this includes a simple memorial service. If no memorial service is included and a direct cremation performed, the average price is $725.
The cost to inter a cremation urn is also significantly less than the cost for a burial plot for a casket. Burial plots can range anywhere between $1,650 and $5,000, whereas a cremation burial space averages about $995.
Cremations on the Increase
The cremation rate has steadily been on the increase in the United States since the 1960s. The ruling by the Vatican in 1963 to allow cremation for catholic funerals marked a shift-change in traditional burials and funerals.
In 1980 about one in ten people who died in the U.S. were cremated, by 2009 this had reached 37% and by 2018 it is expected that at least half of all deaths will be followed by a cremation.